Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, May 14

Book of Mormon | “Is He Worth It?” by grego

Book of Mormon | Is He Worth It?
by grego
(c) 2009

I have an adult friend who has been LDS for years—though you wouldn’t know it.

He believes some really weird things that are clearly not doctrine.

And I believe it’s no one’s fault but his own that he does. I have very little hope for his exaltation right now. Or the celestial kingdom. Or the terrestial kingdom, maybe.

He sings weird, he loves to gossip, he shares bad advice sometimes, and many people who meet him believe he is gay. (If not that, it’s definitely something else.)

Someone asked me, not necessarily accusingly: “Why does this person even bother to attend? Not only does it seem to not do any good for him, but he just makes it worse for others. Does it do any good? Why are you his friend if you know that?”

Is it good for the LDS Church? I imagined, who knows—maybe, maybe not. Likewise for him and his life. (If I had to guess, though, I would guess yes for both.)

But…

Then I shared that this person was ready to turn in names/ genealogy for temple work. I’m not sure how many, but I think it’s *hundreds*.

That’s hundreds of people who will soon have the opportunity to join the church of Jesus Christ and receive ordinances and blessings of the gospel.

All because of this person, who is also the only member in his broken family.

I am reminded of a few verses in the Book of Mormon:
3 Nephi 18:22 And behold, *ye shall meet together oft*; and *ye shall not forbid any man from coming unto you when ye shall meet together, but suffer them that they may come unto you and forbid them not*;
3 Nephi 18:23 But *ye shall pray for them, and shall not cast them out; and if it so be that they come unto you oft ye shall pray for them unto the Father, in my name*.

3 Nephi 18:29 For whoso eateth and drinketh my flesh and blood unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation to his soul; therefore if ye know that a man is unworthy to eat and drink of my flesh and blood ye shall forbid him.
3 Nephi 18:30 Nevertheless, *ye shall not cast him out from among you, but ye shall minister unto him and shall pray for him unto the Father, in my name; and if it so be that he repenteth and is baptized in my name, then shall ye receive him, and shall minister unto him of my flesh and blood*.
3 Nephi 18:31 But if he repent not he shall not be numbered among my people, that he may not destroy my people, for behold I know my sheep, and they are numbered.

Jesus suggests that we pray more often for others.

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